23 June 2022

Ice cubes in bags that can quickly and easily be recycled with paper once empty will be on sale at Co-op's Glastonbury Festival store this year.

The packaging was developed by The Ice Co, Europe’s leading ice manufacturer, and will launch in partnership with Co-op.

In a UK supermarket first, Co-op’s Glastonbury Festival store will sell ice cubes in bags which are certified as 100% recyclable as paper and, can be sorted at the event’s onsite recycling centre.

Co-op’s partnership with Glastonbury began in 2019, with the agreement between the two founded in a shared ethos of co-operation, community support, ethical values and campaigning to make meaningful change. The Co-op festival store will be located in the Park Home Ground area as it was in 2019, when it sold 50 tonnes of ice cubes. Traditionally, bags used for ice are made of plastic.

Amanda Jennings, director of marketing live and local at Co-op, said: “We are delighted that our festival store is returning to Glastonbury this summer and we’re thrilled to be able to bring back Co-op’s ethical, high-quality and value for money essential items to serve this unique community, including a UK first for ice cube bags that can be recycled with paper to help festivalgoers stay ‘cool’.”

More than 300 lines will be available to purchase in the Co-op store at Glastonbury, including festival essentials, fresh food, food-to-go products and drinks. Co-op’s ethical ranges, including Fairtrade lines, 100 percent fresh British meat ranges and plant-based products will be also be available to purchase.

The store will also stock Worthy Farm Reserve Cheddar, which launched exclusively in Co-op stores in 2021, and is created using milk from the dairy herd that are fortunate to call the famous Glastonbury Festival site their home all year round.
As in 2019, Co-op will not sell single-use plastic bottles at the store and will offer water in cans. Additionally, Co-op’s own-brand sandwiches will be sold in easy-to-recycle packaging and its fruit pots in compostable packaging. Crisps will also be sold in compostable packing. Co-op’s soft plastic recycling units will be made available at the store for customers to return their soft plastics for recycling during the festival.

Further information:
Bryan Bell and Andrew Torr - Co-op Press Office

Contact Bryan Bell:
M: 07714061961
E: Bryan.bell@coop.co.uk

Contact Andrew Torr:
M: 07702505551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk